Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017 is a date that I will remember for a long time.  It is like 9/11, we remember where we were and what we were doing at a particular moment in time.

The days leading up to September 10 were very busy, not only in my personal life, but at the office and with our staff.  Making sure that before we left that Friday we had all our equipment away from windows, stuffed in closets and covered with trash bags, just in case.  Everything was moved but the desks.  It had been a long time since the desks were that empty, almost like we were moving either into or out of this office.  Also, keeping in contact with the staff to make sure everyone was safe.  The plan was that I would text everyone several times a day and they needed to respond to me that all was okay.  They did a great job keeping up with this throughout the storm and afterwards.

Leading up to the weekend, I had been preparing at home.  Making sure my truck had a full tank of gas, going to the grocery store to make sure I had food to eat and that did not include items that required refrigeration.

I did not board up my windows and some people thought I was crazy for two reasons, number 1 for staying in Florida and number 2 for not boarding up my windows, if I was staying.

So let's address number 1, staying in Florida.  Yes, I did stay, do I regret it, no!  This is my home and yes everything can be replaced, but you still have that attachment to those "things".   I removed items from tables, covered my clothing in the closets with plastic. I had also taped my windows with duct tape, just in case they did break the tape would grab some of the glass. My neighbor got sand bags and we placed them at the slider to help with any flooding that may have taken place and we had some at the front door as well.  You see when we have a lot of rain our street floods.

Here is a picture I had taken the night before, who would have thought a storm was headed our way.
It was an amazing sunset.

The day of the storm we were ready, watching The Weather Channel guys reporting live from Naples, Florida, which is about 30 miles south of us.  They were expected to take a hit from Irma.  Then changing to the local stations.  I had my radio all ready, all electronics were charged, I had been making ice the entire week.  I also had my a/c turned down to 74 to keep it as cool as possible.  Then at approximately 2:30p Sunday afternoon the power went out.  You see, it had been raining since about 11a and the wind was picking up, it was crazy.  The neighbors and I were outside just passing time, the kids were playing the street as it was already starting to flood.  

THEN about 5p the wind picked up and not only1 but 3 carports were ripped from homes, in another building on our street. The debris was becoming projectiles.  The neighbor went out and pulled in what he could to another neighbors home's screen in patio.  

About 6:30p my neighbor text me that it was time to get in your safe place.  So I got my dogs and headed to the closet in the downstairs bathroom.  It wasn't very big and I was hoping it would be just for a short period of time, which it was.  
I was in there too.....

From what everyone was telling me, I was expecting to hear a difference in sounds in the house.  But that did not happen.  I had all the doors closed and towels stuffed under the bottoms to keep the pressure somewhat the same.  I did not notice anything different and that is because the storm had moved just a little east of us and we did not get the eye of Irma.

Unfortunately, for those living in Everglade City and Marco Island, that is where the storm made landfall.  By 7:30p the storm had rolled through our area.  Unlike Hurricane Charlie several years ago, there was more landscaping damage with Irma, than roof damage here.  Please do not get me wrong, there was damage to homes with storm surge and flooding and also roof leaks.  Fort Myers and surrounding areas look unbelievable.

Here is our street the next morning, looking both directions

It only took about 3 days for all the water to drain away.  We were very blessed to not have flooding in our homes.

Our office was closed, no electric or Internet.  The electric at the office was restored by Wednesday and by the end of day Thursday, it was restored at Doggie Daycare.  My home, not so much.
I had taken the dogs to daycare and then boarded them. It was too hot in the house for them and I was driving around at least 2 times every day to cool them down and to find a strong cell service. The house was like a sauna and I was going to the office to work using my hotspot.  That is another long story.

The electric in our community was restored 6 days later.  You would have thought we won the lottery.

So you may ask, would I stay during another storm and that answer is YES.

I will be replacing my sliding door with a hurricane resistant one and also looking into a whole house generator.  I'm not sure how that will play out but it is work looking into.

I did have to throw out everything that was in my refrigerator.  Luckily, I did not have a lot in there.

Life is back to normal and the cleanup has begun.  It will take a very long time for the cleanup to be complete. Keep those that have lost their homes from this storm in your prayers.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

At peace...

It is amazing what a calming feeling being near or on the water has, at least for me.  It is peaceful, it removes whatever I had on my mind and gives me rest.

This picture was one of my earlier sails this year.  Every time I see this picture it takes me to that moment in time where I was at peace. 

I hope you are having a great day and that you find something that gives you as much peace as this moment did/does for me.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Learning something new....

They say as you get older you should continue to learn something new to keep your body and mind active.  Well, I certainly qualify for this.

In December, I took sailing lessons, it was fun, frustrating and fantastic.  This has been fun on so many levels.  Just being on the water takes me to a very relaxing space. 

Along with learning to sail comes taking pictures of the adventure, which isn't new, but taking videos is something new and then what do you do with all those videos.

Well, you learn how to create something with them, which I did.

I have created a YouTube channel to share this new adventure.  My friend and I are avid coffee drinkers and not decaf, which we incorporated in our channel name.   Our channel name is DeepSixDecaf.

So after about 3 weeks of pictures and videos today I was able to post a video.

Please stop over to the channel and take a look, here is a link for you.  Thanking you for taking the time to check it out!  Stay tuned for more adventures on DeepSixDecaf


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Where has the time gone.....

How is it that the end of the year is so close?  I wish I knew what the heck happened to this year but I will not waste any time thinking back as to where did the time go.

So, what have I been up to. Well, I have been playing around with my DSLR camera more than before, although I have not posted a lot of pictures, that will happen next year.  I have been watching, probably way too many, YouTube videos on sailing and boy are they great and amazing people.  I started to teach myself how to edit videos, which can be challenging. 

It is amazing how many people have said enough of living a life dictated by others just to make the all mighty dollar for stuff they thought they needed but really didn't.   They sell all their stuff, buy a sailboat and head out for the adventure of a lifetime!! 

So, I have taken sailing lessons and joined a sailing club.  No, I'm not ready to cross the Atlantic just yet, however you just never know!!!  I have passed the two required classes in order to take the sailboat out without a captain!!!  Woohoo!!  Next year is going to be amazing so be sure to keep watch on my blog and I will also be starting my own YouTube channel with videos of my adventures!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!!! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Where has the time gone....

Greetings everyone,

Where has the time gone?  I'm not talking switching our clocks to gain that extra hour of shut eye, I mean the calendar year, it is creeping closer to the end of the year!  My, oh my!

I'm making it my mission, at least for next year and maybe the rest of this year, to post more on my blog, whether it be just a picture here and there, a story of some adventure I may have been on or just about nothing.

I hope you continue to read my posts and just maybe I will get more followers. I have discovered that Youtube seems to be the place to get followers or subscribers as they are called.  I have been watching sailing videos, people giving up their land life to live aboard and abroad.   Some very amazing stories crossing the globe on a boat and not only visiting amazing places but just the people you meet along the way.  I would do it in a heartbeat!!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend with whatever comes your way!

This picture was taken in August on Sanibel Island.  Heading out to the beach from the rented condo.  Can you feel the warm sand between your toes?  I can, now close your eyes and listen to waves crashing on the beach and the feel the sand under your feet.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Another great beach trip....

What a great few days at the beach with a friend and her daughter.  It was the last big hooray before school starts and where else would you go but to the beach.

Hurricane Irma

September 10, 2017 is a date that I will remember for a long time.  It is like 9/11, we remember where we were and what we were doing at a p...